The Daily Star
---- — STAFF REPORT
On a night when Jordan Beers scored her 2,000th varsity point, she showed why she’s been among the area’s best girls basketball players over the past six seasons.
Beers, a senior, poured in a season-high 39 points to lead unbeaten Franklin to a 56-44 Tri-Valley League victory over visiting Milford on Thursday.
Beers needed 12 points to become the 11th player in Section Four girls basketball history to surpass 2,000 points. She did that early in the second quarter on a short jumper. The game was stopped to honor Beers’ accomplishment.
“She’s been the face of Franklin basketball for the last (six) years,” Franklin coach Mike Dutcher said of Beers, who finished the night with 2,027 points. “As good a basketball player as she is, she’s 10 times better as a person. She’s just a great teammate. She makes people around her better.”
Beers had 20 points by halftime and then scored 11 points in the third quarter as Franklin extended a nine-point lead to 45-27. She made 15 field goals – including two three-pointers – and went 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
“In my mind, I’d have a way I’d try to play her,” Dutcher said when asked how he’d try to stop Beers if was coaching against her. “When she receives her diploma in June, I’d be happy to share that with any coach who wants to know.”
Dutcher said Beers’ improved strength over the past couple seasons has made ever more difficult to defend.
“You see her finishing at the rim more, instead of a lot of jumpers or pull-up jumpers,” Dutcher said of Beers, who also 20 rebounds.
Dutcher said Beers plans to play basketball at Ithaca College next season.
Marisa Cawley contributed nine points for the defending Section Four Class D and Tri-Valley League champion Purple Devils (4-0, 3-0), who will travel to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Jan. 8.
Maddy Zenir and Taylor Olmsted had 14 points apiece for Milford.
Oneonta 67, Windsor 24
Seven Oneonta High players scored at least five points as the unbeaten Yellowjackets cruised to a Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory at home.
Gabby Richardson’s 11 points led the way. Brittney Herrick contributed 10 points and 17 rebounds, and Rachel Wessells finished with 10 points. Maria DiMartin had eight points, and Madison Miller finished with seven points, 11 rebounds, seven steals and four blocks.
Meg Burns and Mariah Ruff had seven and five points, respectively.
Seven players scored for the Yellowjackets as they took a 17-2 lead after one quarter.
OHS coach Matt Miller said it was nice to see post players Herrick, Miller, Burns and Richardson have big nights.
“We certainly want to establish more of a post presence,” Miller said. “It was good to see them get some reps in live action. All four post players put up good numbers for us.”
OHS (5-0, 4-0) will travel to Chenango Forks on Monday.
Gilboa 46, Stamford 41
Makayla Foster scored 16 points to lead four Gilboa players who scored at least eight points as the Wildcats won on the road in the Delaware League.
Stamford, which trailed by 14 points in the third quarter, took the lead midway through the fourth quarter on a basket by Kimi Freer, but Foster scored nine of her points in the final quarter to help Gilboa pull away. Foster went 3-for-4 from the line over the final eight minutes.
Shelby Oliver contributed 10 points, and Skylie Roberts and Kendall Thorington had eight points apiece for the Wildcats.
Freer finished with a game-high 19 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds. Nora Hager’s 11-point night included three three-pointers for the Indians (2-2), who will host Downsville tonight.
Morris 42, Worcester 24
Haley Wist scored a game-high14 points and unbeaten Morris’ defense held visiting Worcester to single-digit outputs in all four quarters during a Tri-Valley League victory.
McKenna Hungerford contributed eight points for the Mustangs (6-0, 4-0), who will play Sharon Springs in the first round of Morris’ Joan Martin Tournament on Dec. 27.
Gabby Travis had eight points to lead Worcester.
B-G 47, Unatego 26
Abbey Smith scored 10 of her game-high 13 points as visiting Bainbridge-Guilford opened a 25-13 halftime lead en route to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
“She was very aggressive offensively tonight, which we really needed,” B-G coach Bob Conway said of Smith, who also had four assists and four steals. “It’s nice to see her be offensive minded.”
Taylor Palmatier had 10 points, and Morgan Bullis contributed six points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats (2-1, 2-0), who will play Vernon-Verona-Sherrill at 3 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game of the Sherburne-Earlville Tournament.
Cassidy Newman’s 14 points paced Unatego.
F-S 47, Cooperstown 44
A Cooperstown squad that shot 16-for-65 from the field fell in a Center State Conference game at home.
“We really shot the ball pretty poorly,” Cooperstown coach Mike Niles said.
Frankfort-Schuyler took a five-point lead on a three-pointer by Danielle Migliore (game-high 19 points) with 1:15 left.
Jenn Flynn then turned a steal into a layup for Cooperstown to make a three-point spread. After Cooperstown cut it to one-point, Kristy Wallace hit a pair of free throws to give F-S a 47-44 lead with 16 seconds left.
Cooperstown missed on its next possession, but got the ball with 3.8 points seconds left after a traveling violation by F-S.
Mallory Arthurs attempted a three-pointer from the corner, but it was partially blocked as time ran out.
“The kids had a lot of guts,” Niles said of his squad.
Lucy Ford finished with nine points and eight rebounds to lead Cooperstown (3-3, 2-2), which will play at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill on Dec. 28.
H-T 39, Jefferson 19
Taylor Firmalino had 11 points and grabbed team-best 14 rebounds, to go along with five blocks to lead host Hunter-Tannersville to a Delaware League win.
The Wildcats received scoring from five players as they opened on a 9-2 run.
Sam Dibbell, Taylor Thompson, Megan Powers, Emma Wilson, and Firmalino all contributed points in the first quarter. Dibbell also had 11 points.
‘‘Jefferson couldn’t match our intensity,’’ H-T Ryan Funck said.
Hunter-Tannersville (5-2, 4-2) travels to Margaretville on Jan 6.
Shiann Bellinger scored a team-high five points for Jefferson.
UV 59, Walton 14
Taylor Davis scored a game-high 18 points to lead host Unadilla Valley to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory.
Davis had 14 points, including three threes, in the first quarter as the Storm outscored the Warriors, 20-0.
‘‘We shot very well tonight,’’ UV coach Brandi Backus said. ‘‘It was a total team effort.’’
Unadilla Valley (3-0, 2-0) will visit Deposit today.
Morgan Beardslee contributed a team-best five points for Walton.